Was Ashley right to hire Alan Pardew?

Hughton v Pardew.

Hughton v Pardew.
Since the sacking of Chris Hughton many people have questioned whether or not we had actually employed a better manager to take his place. Hopefully this article should help to shed some light on the matter.

The reason for getting rid of Hughton was, according to the club, because they wanted a manager with more experience to attempt to take the club forward. Fair enough. In came Alan Pardew, who does have more management experience, but he was probably not the first choice of many. In fact I very much doubt he was the first choice of anyone but, well, here he is. How has he done though? Has he been an improvement on Chris Hughton?

When looking at the stats you need to take into consideration the fact that Chris Hughton had Andy Carroll for his whole reign, unlike Alan Pardew who had Andy Carroll for just three games. Also Pardew has had to deal with a five game ban for Cheik Tiote and a two game ban for Kevin Nolan as well as a lengthy injury list. Both managers also had to deal with the long-term injury of Hatem Ben Arfa which, in my opinion, has prevented us from taking more points from this season.

These are the stats which I have worked out for the league this season:

Alan Pardew
Games: 18.
Results: W5, D7, L6.
Goals scored: 25.
Goals conceded: 23.
Points accrued: 22.
Points per game. 1.22.

Chris Hughton
Games: 16
Results: W5, D4, L7.
Goals scored: 24.
Goals conceded: 25.
Points accrued: 19
Points per game: 1.19.

This, to me, shows that Alan Pardew has been a better manager than Chris Hughton for Newcastle this season. It also shows that the defence has improved considerably since Pardew has taken over as we have conceded two goals less under him in two games more, which I see as an improvement.

The main thing that matters is who we have picked up more points under, and that is Alan Pardew. Granted the difference in points is a small amount, but the difference in quality available to Pardew is noticeable. Remember, as I said earlier, Pardew only had 12-goal Andy Carroll for three games which is something that will have restricted Newcastle’s goal-getting ability.

With little strengthening in January we were left with a smaller squad than what we started the transfer window with. With the departure of Andy Carroll it meant that Leon Best had to step up to the plate but after some great performances he was yet another player who was forced onto the treatment table leaving us even shorter in the striker department.

Overall I believe that Alan Pardew has done a very good job with the limited resources that he has been left with, and for him to gain more points than Chris Hughton managed with Andy Carroll I think deserves some credit. Also I think that the style of football has improved under Pardew with us looking much stronger at the back and with the midfield linking up well and creating chances for our misfiring strikers.

With the summer to come I hold belief in Alan Pardew. I hope after the transfer window closes I still feel the same way leaving me optimistic for the coming season and looking forward to seeing some exciting new signings strutting their stuff around St James’ Park. Hopefully a couple of them will be good goal-scoring strikers!

What do you think? Good or bad decision by Mike Ashley?

233 thoughts on “Was Ashley right to hire Alan Pardew?

  1. How much of a baby is Wenger. Your team is shite and you can’t defend thats why you keep getting beat you pansy. 😮


  2. “If theres someone to blame its me and not the players” Nice to hear it from Wenger, unfortunately that follows on from him not “changing principles” i.e buying a decent defender…doh ❓


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